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Ahead of The Duke and Duchess’s visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge would become Patron. Here is the press release from Kensington Palace below:

The Duchess of Cambridge has today become Patron of Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

The new patronage has been announced ahead of Her Royal Highness’ visit to Evelina London later this morning with The Duke of Cambridge. The visit will see Their Royal Highnesses learn more about how the hospital supports children and their families, and the specialist services provided to children with rare and complex conditions.

Through visits to hospitals and hospices The Duchess has seen first-hand the impact that comprehensive care and support can have upon young children. Her Royal Highness’s new patronage of Evelina London provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years.

The hospital, which is next year marking its 150th anniversary, is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, of which The Queen is Patron. Evelina London cares for children and young people from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. The hospital provides a range of services to children across south London and south east England. Evelina London also provides community services for children and their families in Lambeth and Southwark.

Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, said: “We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron. The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness’ support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients.

“It is a huge pleasure to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to our hospital and we are absolutely delighted that they are able to join us as we begin to celebrate our milestone 150th anniversary. We are immensely grateful for Their Royal Highnesses’ support and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron.”

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New Patronage ♦ February 18, 2016

Official Site — The Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of the Anna Freud Centre.

The Anna Freud Centre is a children’s mental health charity, which is working to reduce the burden of mental health difficulties of children and young people. It provides a range of clinical services, specialist teaching and training for practitioners and pursues a programme of cutting edge research.

The patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s continued personal interest in children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, said: “I am honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become a Patron of the Anna Freud Centre. I’m particularly proud because I have come to recognise just how knowledgeable she is in relation to what is a complex and difficult issue that so few people genuinely understand.”

He added: “It is my hope that her future work in this field will serve as a catalyst for all and that we are able to achieve the quality of care that children and their families so richly deserve.”

About the Anna Freud Centre

The Anna Freud Centre is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Our vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.


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The Duchess also holds the following positions:

Patron of Action on Addiction
Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Royal Patron of The Art Room
Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London
Patron of Place2Be
Patron of SportsAid
Patron of the 1851 Trust
Patron of The Natural History Museum
Occasional Volunteer in the Scout Association
Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadet

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